Samantha Ramsey

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

Independent Study: Advanced Mission Design

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In Progress

My independent study course on advanced mission design is collaborating with this year's interplanetary senior design. We are building and optimizing a trajectory to get a space-craft from Lower-Earth-Orbit to the Saturn system, then, by performing an aerocapture using Titan's atmosphere, get into an orbit about Saturn that will allow for frequent flybys of Enceladus. My role is to create a software program that takes in various mission parameters and creates a mathematical model of the post-aerocapture trajectory to determine the family of acceptable velocity vectors which will result in the desired orbit.

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